Tips for shopping in Kansas City
Famous for its barbecue and rich history of blues and jazz music, Kansas City or “KC” is Missouri's largest city. The metro area of the city also stretches over the Kansas border and has a population exceeding 2 million. The city is officially nicknamed the “City of Fountains”, and claims to be second only to Rome in the number of fountains located in the city. Kansas City's history is tied up with westward expansion and settlement, as all three major settler trails (the Santa Fe, the Oregon, and the California Trails) left from Jackson County, where KC is located. Forbes Magazine also ranked Kansas City's downtown area as one of the country's best because of its beautiful fountains, strong culture in the arts and its culinary tradition. Kansas City is also tops in urban upscale shopping. The 39th Street District and Country Club Plaza are two examples of walkable areas that have a healthy mixture of independent shops, restaurants, theaters and boutique shops. The downtown core is also undergoing significant renovation to be a friendlier residential and shopping area. You can also visit one of KC's many indoor malls to find all the big names in retail.